Articles, Blogs, and Rants

Friends from the NDPA: The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation

By MarioMarch 8, 2012 NDPA, Water Safety

For more information of the amazing work being done by Blake and Kathy Collingsworth in drowning prevention: http://www.joshuamemorial.org/ http://www.joshtheotter.org/ Buy the book for your kids

Good Guard Bad Guard

By MarioMarch 8, 2012 Water Safety

It’s July and hot outside and you head to the neighborhood pool for the day.  The kids want to swim and you just want to be doing nothing for awhile.  Everyone files through the gate as you scan for an open lounge chair and your friends.  The kids have sunscreen on, you have your book, […]

NDPA Pool Safety Video

By MarioJanuary 11, 2012 Water Safety

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) released a video sponsored by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. I think it is absolutely excellent. The efforts of the NDPA and the CPSCs Pool Safely campaign will hopefully go a long way to reduce the number of drownings this upcoming summer and beyond. If you own a pool, please […]

Inspired vs. Required

By MarioDecember 19, 2011 Business, Coast Guard, Leadership, Military

A traveler saw two men cutting stone from a mountain and placing the blocks on carts. He asked them, “What are you doing?” One said, “Can’t you see? We’re cutting stones from this mountain.” The other man gave the traveler an understanding look and said, ….”We’re building a church.” (for non-USCG readers, sorry for the […]

Thinking About It All Wrong

The image above is from a YouTube video posted in 2009 – a sort of warning to boaters about the benefits of safety gear like life jackets and kill switches. I’m posting it here as a warning about how wrong some people are about what is safe and what isn’t. Our man, Greg – the […]

Self Rescue – Falling Through Ice

In 2002, my friend and mentor (and maniac) Dr. Gordon Geisbrecht fell – on purpose – through the ice on a frozen lake. He wanted to demonstrate just how those who fall through the ice can survive and help themselves.  Advice is also given to amateur and professional rescuers.  I ran across the video on […]

Mea Culpa – Repost

(Well – that took a little longer than I thought it should (3 years?) but Blagojevich finally found out he did something wrong.  A few years ago, the incredulous way he said “I did nothing wrong”  compelled me to write a few words on blame.  I’m re-posting now in honor of …accountability.)   After years […]

This Much

By MarioNovember 29, 2011 Boating Safety

I simply thought this quick video on drowning prevention out of Sydney Australia was worth sharing. Please like it, share it, email – or just plain remember it yourself when caring for small children. ~ Mario

Generation Vet: The New Young Heroes

By MarioNovember 11, 2011 Leadership, Military

These young men and women (two-thirds of them were under 28 years old) had joined the service between 2003 and 2007. What that means is that they spent years of their young lives watching their friends and families come home dead or wounded and still said, “Sign me up.” At a time in the world where going into harms way was an “imperative” rather than a remote possibility, these people had volunteered anyway.